Entrepreneurship and Innovation

As it enters its third century, Colgate is making significant investments in the areas of arts, creativity, and innovation, enhancing existing academic and co-curricular programs in these areas and developing new ones, all in a reimagined region: Colgate’s Middle Campus.

Creativity and innovation are key advantages of a liberal arts education; they are areas where Colgate can distinguish itself. 

The Colgate Initiative for Arts, Creativity and Innovation in the Middle Campus is not merely a rethinking of the role of the traditional arts at Colgate, but a rethinking of both our overall educational experience and the campus itself. The Middle Campus will become the gateway to the Liberal Arts at Colgate by connecting, amplifying, and reenergizing the programs, the departments, and the buildings into a neighborhood that welcomes you through Colgate’s College Street entrance.

Within this physical and intellectual context, Colgate is developing an Entrepreneurship and Innovation ecosystem, offering students--as well as faculty, staff, and community members--a host of opportunities to bring a concept to reality, to learn by doing, to innovate and explore, to take risks and grow in new ways.

Programmatically, Colgate will build on the strengths and successes of its signature Thought Into Action program, developing new programs that connect entrepreneurship and innovation with the arts, faculty research, and “makers” across campus. We will also be developing programs that prompt students to think broadly about how they present themselves to the world: how they articulate their aspirations and tell their own stories, develop a personal brand that maps onto their guiding values, or consider how they might want to make public use of their name, image, and likeness. Information about these new programs will be rolled out over the 2021-22 school year: please check back to see what’s new.
 
Physically, Colgate will expand its locus for entrepreneurship by supplementing the existing coworking Hub in downtown Hamilton with new Middle Campus spaces. The upper floors of the Dana Arts Center, an iconic mid-century building designed by renowned architect Paul Rudolph, will become the central hub of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Colgate. A renovated Dana will be a place of round-the-clock creativity and engagement, offering dedicated project rooms and maker-spaces, workspaces for ideation and collaboration, meeting areas for group work and “phone booths” for private conversations. In Dana, Entrepreneurship and Innovation will be a central part of the Middle Campus nexus of experimentation, design, digital creation, hands-on exploration, and innovation.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Leadership Team

This is an exciting time for entrepreneurship and innovation at Colgate. To fulfill the vision laid out in Colgate's Third-Century Plan, our team is developing new programs and building strengths in existing ones. We are collaborating with faculty, staff, alumni, and students to envision the future, develop our roadmap, and take action. 

Carolyn Strobel-Larsen Director, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programs

TIA Advisory Board

The Thought Into Action Advisory Board, created in 2020, provides oversight to the University administration and staff in the continued development of the Thought Into Action program. The TIA Advisory Board meets regularly and consists of alumni, administrators, and faculty.

Current Programs and Initiatives

Thought Into Action

Immersive co-curricular programs that enable aspiring entrepreneurs to develop an idea into a real product or service. Participants are guided by seasoned entrepreneurs and supported by robust on-campus resources. 

Campus Venture Initiative

Student entrepreneurs who are interested in selling goods or services on campus are supported by the Campus Venture Initiative (CVI), which provides certification to operate on campus and resources to support on-campus business activity.

E-Connector

Programs and events designed to connect Colgate entrepreneurs with one another, to share ideas and forge relationships, offer mentorship, expertise, and advice.

Social Entrepreneurship

Students interested in social entrepreneurship and innovation can make a difference using their passions by participating in programs like Clinton Global Initiative University and the TIA Incubator.